Wan Chai's streets can be firmly filed under hedonism and have been the ruin of many a good man. The area has had a reputation for naughtiness since the 1940s. However, it was only after World War II when American soldiers on R and R leave from the Korean and Vietnam Wars descended on Hong Kong that the infamous girlie bars and nightclubs sprang up around the streets of Lockhart Road and the place really earned its stipes.
Modern-day Wan Chai is somewhat tamed compared to its earlier and wilder days but there is still a girly bar or two and plenty of 'massages' on offer. But avoid the mama sans and you'll find plenty of places to grab a glass of beer or two. The bar and pub scene is more down to earth than swanky Lan Kwai Fong, and with several British style bars it's popular with expats. Bars here close when you leave, with several serving 24 hours a day.
Some of the more raucous hangouts are Bar 109 and Mes Amis, which both show sports on TV and attract heaving crowds at the weekends. Dusk till Dawn has live cover bands at the weekend, which are usually very good quality, while the White Stag is perhaps Hong Kong's best British pub.
Essential Locations in Wan Chai
A local institution. This imitation dive bar with guitars strapped to the all wand snaps of Jimi Hendrix stapled to every corner is famous for its music and it's dancing. The rock and roll soundtrack attracts revellers late into the wee hours and Carnegies is famous for letting customers dance on the bar. Come on their regular Wednesday Ladies Night to see it at its most energetic. Address. 53-55 Lockhart Road.
A night out in Wan Chai often starts with a bottle of wine in Mes Amis and ends in many cocktails. The corner location is one of the best people watching spots in Wan Chai, and fills up with an after work crowd most nights of the week. At weekends you'll find DJs and dancing, while the drink deals for Happy Hour are well celebrated. Address: 81-85 Lockhart Road
Dusk till Dawn
If you end up in Dusk till Dawn you have officially had a great night in Wan Chai. This is where the party ends on a mess of a dancefloor while a Filipino cover band pumps out the greatest hits from U2. In short; it's brilliant. Address: G/F, 76 Jaffe Road,
The White Stag is one of Wan Chai's last British boozers. It's been serving up pints of mild and bitter to homesick expats since the ninties and it remains a resting place for the homesick. Apart from Tetley's and Blackthorn Cider, you'll find bangers and mash and cottage pie on the menu and plenty of chances to meet locals at the bar. They show football, cricket and F1, while there are few better places in town to watch the Hong Kong rugby sevens. Address 54 Lockhart Road.
When you just won't quit head for Bar 109. They serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are sports on the TV, DJs on the dancefloor and if you are really unlucky they might even break out the foam party.